Last updated on: 2/17/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Gary Wolfram, PhD Biography

Title:
William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy at Hillsdale College
Position:
Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"
Reasoning:

“There has certainly been improvements in renewable energy sources over the last decade. However, the idea that there will be no need for coal or oil in 15 years is simply not believable.”

“Can We Replace Fossil Fuels by 2030?,” detroitnews.com, May 11, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
    Experts
Individuals with PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to alternative energy or fossil fuel issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Board of Advisors, American Legislative Exchange Council Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force, 2007-present
  • President, Hillsdale Policy Group, 1992-present
  • William E. Simon Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Hillsdale College, 1989-present
  • Columnist, The Detroit News Political Blog
  • Chairman, Michigan Alliance for Competitive Energy, 2008-2009
  • Board of Advisors, Michigan Civics Institute, 2000-2009
  • Board of Trustees, Lake Superior State University, 1999-2008
  • Board of Directors, Michigan Council on Economic Education, 1998-present
  • Board of Advisors, Adam Ferguson Institute, 1996-2000
  • Congressional Chief of Staff for former United States Representative Nick Smith, State of Michigan, 1995-1996
  • Deputy State Treasurer, Taxation and Economic Policy, State of Michigan, 1991-1992
  • Member, Michigan Republican Party Issues Committee, 1990-1991
  • President, F.D.G. Economics, Consultant to Lithuanian government, 1989-1991
Education:
  • PhD, Economics, University of California at Berkeley
  • BA, summa cum laude, Economics, University of California at Santa Barbara
Other:
  • Twitter: @Gary_Wolfram
  • Testified before the Michigan Senate Energy Committee on Sept. 24, 2015 about the electric utility industry
  • Recipient, Emily Daugherty Award for Teaching Excellence, 2011
  • Named Hillsdale College’s Professor of the Year, 2004
Quoted in:
  1. Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?